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Houston Group Re-Enacts War of the Worlds Broadcast on 75th Anniv.

On Oct. 30, 1938 — 75 years ago — Orson Welles and his Mercury Theatre of the Air presented a radio adaptation of H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds. Most of the broadcast was presented as a series of simulated news bulletins, so convincing that, as the story of an alien invasion by Martians […]

On Oct. 30, 1938 — 75 years ago — Orson Welles and his Mercury Theatre of the Air presented a radio adaptation of H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds. Most of the broadcast was presented as a series of simulated news bulletins, so convincing that, as the story of an alien invasion by Martians unfolded, some listeners believed it to be real.

To commemorate the anniversary, Houston’s Stark Naked Theatre Company is re-enacting the broadcast live onstage Oct. 30 at 7:30 p.m. at Spring Street Studios. We hear from Phillip Lehl, director of the stage production and KUHF’s own business reporter Andrew Schneider who will participate in the production.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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